06.10.2017 - 06.10.2017
Well, waking up early was a huge fail. My alarm went off at 7 but I was exhausted and slept until 9. By the time I ate breakfast and the guy at my hostel gave me an overview, it was 10:30 before I was out the door on the way to the botanical gardens. The gardens were HUGE. I completely underestimated them, they were so nicely done with multiple different areas and it took me about an hour and a half to walk from one side to the other, without much stopped and without even looking in every area! They are definitely worth a solid half day to explore. It was also pretty hot today, another reason why it is probably a lot better in the morning.
I then walked a mile or so down the road to the ION center. It was located on an expensive shopping street, and I was only interested in going because I heard you can see the skyline for free on the rooftop. Low and behold I found out once I got there that the sky roof was closed for renovations. Ugh. I was all set to take the MRT to little India, when I realized that I needed to top off my subway card. I had only converted a really small amount of Singapore dollars at the airport, as I would only be here for one and a half days, and I had used some for dinner last night and left my change in my other bag. I felt really dumb, but I needed that S$7 and ended up taking the MRT back to the hostel to get the change.
While at my hostel I ran into a British girl that had just checked into my room. She ended up coming with me and we walked to Chinatown together. I was on a mission to get and mail a postcard, and it said there was a Chinatown post office nearby. After finally finding the post office in the basement of a random shopping center, it turned out to be a normal shipping center type of post office with no postcards! Guess I'm just used to going to post office in touristy areas where they sell post cards. After looking around a bit for a postcard selling store, I gave up. Sorry friends, no post cards from Singapore.
We then headed down a bit towards the touristy waterfront area. It was beautiful, and exactly what I was expecting and waiting to see! Big skyscrapers, lots of tourists, etc. My friend then left to go back to the hostel to meet her friend, and I continued on to see the helix bridge and gardens by the bay. I was exhausted of walking around at this point but wanted to stay until tonight to watch the light show, so I took the MRT to Chinatown to eat dinner. The food court was pretty empty, but I ended up choosing a stall with the longest line, since that seemed like a safe bet, and it was my best meal so far!! I got mixed meat and rice and I don't know what the meat was (I think duck and beef?) but it was soooo good. A random older Singapore woman asked to sit with me and we chatted a bit and she shared some of her food which was this authentic Singapore wrap thing. It was so nice to be in a more western area, this exchange never would have happened in Vietnam!
I made my way back in time to see the Wonder Full light show at Marina Bay. I was contemplating going back since I had walked so much and was tired, but it was neat and I'm glad I went. I then walked over to the gardens by the bay to make it in time for their light show, it was awesome and I liked it even better! It was neat seeing so many people lying on the floor looking up, surrounded by these glowing trees.
Distance: 13.2 miles